Tourney raises $7,500 for scholarship fund

Given a choice, would you rather spend a sunny Friday afternoon at work or playing golf?
Well, considering it was all for a good cause anyway, 14 teams of four decided to play hooky last Friday to play in the eighth-annual Confederation College Scholarship Golf Tournament out at Kitchen Creek.
Dick Trivers, manager of Confederation College’s campus in Fort Frances, said the annual tournament is just one of several fundraising endeavours held at the various campuses across the north, which collectively raise about $80,000 per year.
The money goes into a scholarship fund for students entering Confederation College,” he said.
“It [the tournament] accomplishes two things,” noted Trivers. “It raises money and promotes awareness of what the college is doing in the community.”
It seems to work because, according to Trivers, the community has responded. “We get tremendous support from the community,” he remarked.
The tournament’s format is typical of such exhibitions and charity events. The four-person teams played by best-ball rules with a shotgun start, meaning each member of the foursome plays from the position of the best ball, regardless of who hit it.
All the teams started at 1 p.m. from different holes on the course and played them numerically until all 18 had been covered.
In addition to the $85 entry fee (which included a steak dinner afterwards), the tournament received corporate support from local businesses, including Abitibi-Consolidated, Edward Jones, the Fort Frances Dental Centre, the Fort Frances Times, and Westend Weekly.
The foursome of Brian and Matt Hebert, Scott McGinnis, and David Patrick shot the lowest combined score on the day, followed by the team of Brian Beers, Tom Fry, Clyde Ditmars, and Scott Clendenning.
Donna Lee, Brent Calder, and Bob and Fred Crowe finished in third place.
But it was more about fun than golf, noted Confederation College services officer Kathy Egan.
“It was a successful year,” she remarked. “It was a beautiful day and everybody had a ball.
“They always do.”